Debris burns at Sunny Farms

Personnel from five departments fought a fire at Sunny Farms Landfill Sunday.

According to Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, a man reported there appeared to be a fire at the landfill at 2:43 p.m. Sunday.

Capt. Jim Nagle of Bascom Joint Fire District said he did not know the cause of the fire.

“(It’s) undetermined at this point,” he said.

A representative of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was at the scene. EPA was summoned because trash at the site was not covered in dirt, Nagle said.

A message was left Sunday evening with the EPA’s northwest district office. A message also was left Sunday evening for Sunny Farms Landfill, 12500 W. CR 18.

Garry Ruble, training officer for Bascom Joint Fire District, said a smoke column was visible when firefighters left the station. He estimated it took an hour to get the fire under control.

Nagle said debris on an estimated half-acre of land was on fire, and firefighters put 33,000 gallons of water on it. They also covered the area with foam, and operators from the landfill covered it with dirt, he said.

Personnel from Bascom, Fostoria, Kansas, NBS and Washington Township fire departments, Bascom EMS, the local canteen service and Seneca Community Chaplain Corps responded to the fire.

Ruble estimated 55 firefighters assisted with the fire, whether they were at the scene, working at the tanker fill site or covering Bascom’s fire station. Firefighters were at the scene for about three hours.

Dan Stahl, director of Seneca County Emergency Management Agency, also responded. He said there had been a concern about possible runoff from fighting the fire, but he and Ohio EPA determined everything was contained in the landfill cell.

No injuries were reported, Ruble said.